Certificate Process

All individuals wanting to be certified as an IGA hiking guide in summer, winter or both, must take a GM course in combination with either the PI or AI course. It is not a stand alone certification!

ALL GM courses include classroom training mixed with on trail training and evaluation.

3 Season Group Management Course (taught April through June):

  • 2 days (1/2 day classroom + 1.5 days outside)

  • Cost = $269 plus GST

  • Pre-requisites – Valid standard first aid and CPD (minimum level), hiking resume, AI or PI certification.

4 Season Group Management Course (taught November through March):

  • 3 days (two half days in classroom + two days outside)

  • Cost = $399 plus GST

  • Pre-requistes – Valid 40 hour wilderness first aid (min), hiking resume, AI or PI certification.

***The Winter GM course trains you to work in all 4 seasons.

4 Season Group Management Supplement (taught November through March): This is a bridge course that will teach the winter materials to those guides who already have the 3 season group management certification or took their GM certification before fall 2018. Your certification must be in good standing in order to take this bridge course and once passed you will have the 4 season Group Management certificate and be certified as an Apprentice or Professional 4 Season Hiking Guide.

  • 1.5 days (1/2 day classroom + 1 day outside)

  • Cost: $189 plus GST

  • Pre-requisites – 40 hour wilderness first aid PLUS: Apprentice hiking guide, professional hiking guide or master hiking guide certification with the IGA.

If you have a group of 10 or more we may be able to schedule a private course to fit your schedule. Email us for more information.

View the Group Management Pre-Course Information Package

***Please be aware that all individuals who take this course must have a membership with the IGA or need to pay their yearly member dues in order to be in good standing with this accreditation. If you are taking this back to back with the apprentice interpreter course your member fees are included with your course fees.